China has welcomed the current situation in Sri Lanka, characterized by durable peace and stability, and looks forward to intensifying its initiatives to offer Sri Lanka assistance in developing its economy and strengthening its infrastructure.
This was said by Chinese Vice-Premier of China Li Keqiang to External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris who is in Beijing on an official visit, the External Affairs Ministry said.
Vice-Premier Li Keqiang recalled the warm and mutual understanding pervading the relationship between the two countries during the last 53 years, and appreciated in particular Sri Lanka’s consistent advocacy of the “One-China Policy” and its strong endorsement of China’s stand on Taiwan and Tibet.
Vice-Premier Li Keqiang extended a cordial invitation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the Closing Ceremony of Expo 2010 in Shanghai in October, and told Minister Peiris that the Government of China looks forward to the visit of President Rajapaksa.
Peiris thanked Vice-Premier Li cordially for this invitation and for the unwavering support which China extended to Sri Lanka during the most challenging period of her recent history, both domestically and in all international fora.
He noted with appreciation China’s massive contribution to the development and expansion of infrastructure in Sri Lanka, amounting to a portfolio of approximately 3 billion U.S. dollars in total, and cited as examples the Colombo – Katunayake Express Highway, the Hambantota Port and Bunkering Project, the Mattala International Airport, the Colombo – Matara Highway, the Norochcholai Power Project, the Matara – Kataragama Railway, and the Centre for the Performing Arts in Colombo.
Peiris told Vice-Premier Li that, within 4 days from the date of their meeting in Beijing, water will be let into the Hambantota Port and that the first ship will call at the Hambantota Port on 19th November, soon after President Mahinda Rajapaksa takes his oaths for the second time as Executive President of Sri Lanka after a resounding victory at the Presidential election. (Daily Mirror online)
Comments - 14
Imthiaz Thursday, 12 August 2010 06:56 AM
The Chinese now own us. Instead of running to China the Govt should have gone to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to request donations. They will give money without any conditions but the Chinese will demand more and more things in the future. We make lots of money in foreign exchange with Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries so the Govt should go to them for money.
demon Thursday, 12 August 2010 07:00 AM
a country which has no quality, durable things ...be careful...
arshad Thursday, 12 August 2010 07:00 AM
A good Sign for Sri Lanka
Tom Thursday, 12 August 2010 07:01 AM
G.L to the Chinese VP: You know, the L in GL stands for Lee
Rajitha Thursday, 12 August 2010 07:02 AM
thank you China!
MaPer Thursday, 12 August 2010 07:05 AM
CHEAP THINGS NO GOOD - GOOD THINGS NO CHEAP. China has an array of goods and services available at cheap rates - but they are of poor quality and not long lasting. Only thing from China which was really worth was the BMICH gifted to Sirimavo at a song. The BMICH building is so artistic and nice.
lee Thursday, 12 August 2010 04:27 PM
yeh, roudy Chinese are roaming in Colombo looking for young girls. Earlier only the Chinese prostitutes. now young Chinese men are seen sitting by the rods of prominent girls schools like vultures.
Powerless Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:10 PM
Good sign. Other countries will simply have to pack up and leave for good.
sanath TENNAKOON Friday, 13 August 2010 06:30 AM
why can't we build anther great wall with china.
Bluff Bluff Thursday, 12 August 2010 09:40 AM
Oh, yes. It seems now China cannot survive without Sri Lanka.
Chutty Thursday, 12 August 2010 09:47 AM
Sri Lanka is one pearl of the necklace
Mujib Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:45 PM
Very Good....,Keep the bloody Indians out at any cost! The do not mean any thing good for Srilankans....
Thusi Thursday, 12 August 2010 03:27 PM
Oh really?? What is happening now in Beruwala with Saudi Money?? Trying to create another Taliban......
Jay Thursday, 12 August 2010 03:28 PM
MR has fallen into the trap of China. Sri Lanka is now another chess piece in it's rivalry against India. This government is comprised of fools.
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